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Electric Folk: The Changing Face of English Traditional Music

Britta Sweers


In the 1960s and 1970s, British musicians rediscovered traditional folk ballads, fusing the old melodies with rock, jazz, and blues styles to create a new genre dubbed “electric folk” or “British folk rock.” This revival featured groups such as Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, and Pentangle, and individual performers like Richard Thompson and Shirley Collins. While working in multiple styles, all were making music based on traditional English song and dance material. After reasonable commercial success, electric folk disappeared from mainstream notice in the late 1970s, yet performers conti ... More

Keywords: traditional English music, fusion music, electric folk, folk rock, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, folk revival, Anglo-American folk music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174786
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Britta Sweers, author
College of Music and Theater, Rostock, Germany

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